Being in Kenya during Elections

Being in Kenya during elections is both unpredictable and hilarious.. From men carrying and even hiring babies to jump queues 

to even more creative ones above that work at beating the game

And unlike how many are made to view African  leadership senators were ordinary citizens while voting

Including the vice president queued like any ordinary citizen

Some Asian communities chose service to voters giving out sweets to those on queues 

The elderly were also taken care of by family members including being carried on backs by daughters to ensure they made their constitutional choices 

Meanwhile security personnel during their free breaks freely reached out to all cadres of citizens like this one who took time to trim a street boys nails in Nairobi 

Then there was the citizenry on social media that made sure we were entertained, even making celebrity of ordinary citizens going about their business (google ‘GitheriMan’) 

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Worth Ksh 1.2 million

hooded vultures at rest in Kenya ©muoki kioko2017

 hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is an Old World vulture in the order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes and is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a scruffy-looking, small vulture with dark brown plumage, a long thin bill, bare crown, face and fore-neck, and a downy nape and hind-neck. It typically scavenges on carcasses. Although this is a common species, numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly. (wikipedia)​

Now a rare species thats seen South of the Sahara including Kenya its value as a live bird is steadily rising

Unique Wedding Destinations

3hrs from the city centre is this unique ‘limited’/’custom’ church for limited guests weddings in a PREMIUM setup courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fishing in neighboring Muranga

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Pied kingfisher along a Muranga River

Watching this ‘Master Kingfisher’ continuously seeking vantage points along the River from palm trees to 10+ meter tree tops to bridges, then meticulously dive totally unconcerned about your presence and off to a perch to consume his catch. I quietly ask myself what type of fish can be caught OR seen along these rivers?

It doesn’t take long to get answered as some 100meteres down the river i sport a local adjusting his net in the river.

45 minute later (almost midday) a young man cheerfully passes us and hangs this

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Energetic Catfish ©Muoki Kioko 2017

Catfish on a nearby structures beam – that’s still wiggling despite it’s inners having been cleaned out.

In hand

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De-scaling a local Muranga river fish ©Muoki Kioko2017

another fish species which he expertly clears away it’s scales (see chipping bit’s on upper side of his knife)… and as i comment about it’s size he says “this is a baby” we frequently catch 2-3 times this length though if your not on time there’s another “fisherman” in the river who ensures you pull out only the head of your catch. But we fish him out too and eat him – very tasty!!

Meanwhile those unable to venture into the rivers can only admire desiringly this mans lunch as it takes knowledge and courage to venture into those waters that are also home to 1metre plus lizards and river horses..

Ovacado eating “hawks” of Nairobi

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Ovacado eating bird of prey ©muoki kioko 2016

Often referred to as ‘Hawks’ by locals, they are Nairobi’s most common ‘bird of prey’ known as Black Kites.

Bird of prey means their diet is made of meat..now that’s what got me interested in this one as i heard a ‘swash’ then it land on this pole and fed until it couldn’t eat more. The swash was off an ovacado tree. I’ve known dogs to love ovacado fruit but a bird of prey!??

Levaillant’s Cuckoo’s (Kilome)

Levaillant’s Cuckoo
Clamator levaillantii

Cuculiformes Order – Cuculidae Family

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Af striped cuckoo ©muoki kioko2016

When you google levaillants cuckoo you will most likely come across a southern Africa record! and most likely an October to December sighting. Thats because this bird species is an intra African species ie a bird that migrates between the tropics of Africa breeding in the last quarter of the year in Southern Africa.

Thats what makes this bird an interesting bird to view in Kilome in East Africa. Though never officially recorded in kilome before (in my understanding), the above image taken in late October 2016 confirms that it is indeed found in Kilome during breeding season (begging the question- does it breed here?)

Alternatively referred to as ‘African striped cuckoo’ or the ‘crested striped cuckoo’ it loves wooded areas as above where you will most likely see it only when its crossing a river or road.

Why are cuckoos interesting to watch?

Cuckoos are a beautifull family of birds that dont raise their children (“irresponsible parents” you may say). Their children are raised by other birds. They lay their eggs in another birds nest and move on.

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levaillants cuckoo on ground in Kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

The above image was taken in the savanna grasslands of Kilome, specifically Konza plains and at the same time feeding on the ground during the dry season. Showing that though many descriptions say that it is a bird of riverine woodlands and forested areas – it does occur in open grasslands too in kilome and at other times of the year as well as differing altitudes ie this is almost 800meters below where the one in 1st image was photographed.

You are welcome to bird in Kilome by booking a local Guide here. Kilome is just 80kms from the International Airport as we explore the diverse flora and fauna here.

Accomodation:

1) kilima kiu manor (http://kilimakiumanor.com)   – Boutique accomodation

2) ACK Guest house & Savanna hotel- 2-3 Star accomodation (2 -3 star accomodation)

3) Nedland inn, kathongole inn… Budget accomodation

4) Home stays – Cultural visit accomodations

5) Camping – Coutersy kilome Guides